Hands-Free Dictation Using a USB Gooseneck Microphone + Foot Pedal - great for pathology/radiology

Hands-Free Dictation Using a USB Gooseneck Microphone + Foot Pedal - great for pathology/radiology

Gooseneck Microphone

If you don’t want to use a handheld microphone or wear a headset, a desktop microphone is an option. A gooseneck USB microphone is ideal. It should be arranged ergonomically so that the microphone is close to your mouth while dictating. 

Having your hands free is super useful for a clinician. If you have two screens, you could be looking at information on the chart while dictating your note. For a radiologist in their reading room, they might be looking at an image in the computer while dictating. A pathologist might be looking into her microscope and dictating her findings at the same time. 

To start/stop the microphone in Chartnote you can use a hotkey or keyboard shortcut: Control + (down arrow), or Command + if you are using a Mac. You can also say a voice command, like Stop microphone, when you are done dictating.


But since the idea is to be completely hands-free, a USB programmable footswitch comes in handy. These pedals can be programmed to activate the hotkey combination to start/stop your microphone.

Another option, that not only makes your dictation setting hand-free, but enables you to be mobile, is pairing a bluetooth headset with a laptop computer. This is perfect for clinicians that move from room to room during the day seeing patients. It also saves you time by avoiding repetitie logging in and out of desktop computers throughout the day.

Do the math. If it takes a minute for you to log in into the computer + EHR, and you see 20 patients a day, you can probably save more than 20 minutes a day. An hour a week and 48 hours after a year. 60 days of your life after you retire from practicing. 😲 

    • Related Articles

    • Chartnote Mobile App - Use your phone as a microphone for medical dictation

      Get it today! App Store: https://apple.co/33FgzMn Google Play: https://bit.ly/3rrMYhk Create a free account today at https://www.chartnote.com/ Scan the QR code - step-by-step Use your smartphone as a microphone to dictate your notes and insert ...
    • Dictating Your Note Using Speech-to-Text

      This is a good alternative for those clinicians that don't have a dictation software at work or home. Chartnote next generation AI voice-recognition is powered by Augnito. It is a great solution to dictate a quick note when you don't feel like typing ...
    • Using the Chartnote extension for Chrome

      The Chartnote Extension for Chrome allows users to insert snippets of text and dictate directly into a web-based EHR. Using the extension, you can search for a snippet to expand, or while having the extension working in the background, simply type ...
    • Next Generation AI Voice Recognition

      ? Next-Gen AI Dictation  We upgraded our dictation with a next-generation AI voice-recognition solution. It has amazing accuracy and voice commands that help you navigate your SOAP note. Next Generation AI Voice Recognition Dictate your notes using ...
    • Control access to camera and microphone on iPhone

      This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to control access to the camera and microphone on an iPhone. By following these steps, users can easily manage which apps have access to these features, enhancing privacy and security.